Happy Hour Test Drive: Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Happy Hour Test Drive: Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Located within The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Highball & Harvest is best known for craft cocktails and delectable Southern fare infused with ingredients from Grande Lakes’ onsite Whisper Creek Farm. While worthy of a splurge for date night (especially for the coveted chef’s table or cocktail table experience), the farm fresh eatery recently announced a new happy hour available Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm that will allow you to experience savory bites at a fraction of the normal cost.

As a nod to the Southern fare and traditions that inform Highball & Harvest’s menu, the happy hour is dubbed “South of the Sawbuck,” sawbuck being an old Southern term for a $10 bill. As such, every item on special during happy hour is $10 or less.

Rather than crafting a set menu, the happy hour offerings rotate each day from Monday-Thursday according to a unique theme. Specials are available from 3-5pm so make a plan to scoot out of work early!

We recently got a chance to taste test the offerings during a hosted visit. Read on for all the juicy details.

DRINKS

If you’re dining at Highball & Harvest during regular dinner hours you can expect to pay $14-$20 for one of the seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails. Craft brews are around $8 each, and cask wines begin at $13 for a 6 oz pour. So, the fact that happy hour deals include offerings like half off all signature cocktails, $5 craft drafts, half-off 6 oz. pours of cask wines and $5 Prosecco are cause for celebration.

Doc Holiday cocktail at Highball & Harvest
The refreshing Doc Holiday (Tito’s vodka, house ginger beer, blueberry jam) is just $7.50 during happy hour on Tuesdays.

Drink specials throughout the week include:

  • Monday: Half off 6oz pours of all cask wines
  • Tuesday: Half off all signature cocktails (this is the definition of a steal!!)
  • Wednesday: $5 Florida craft beers
  • Thursday: $5 Zardetto Private Cuvée (Prosecco blend, Italy)
The Apricotchio is fun to say and fun to drink. It’s made with tequila, house pistachio apricot orgeat, lemon and orange.
Dating Hemingway is a bartender creation made with Flor de Cana rum, dates, maraschino liquor, lime and orange. We loved the fruity flavors and unique presentation.

FOOD

You’re not likely to grow bored with the happy hour menu since the specials change on a daily basis. From classics like wings and burgers to playful dishes like caviar and tots, there’s truly something for everyone. While featured food specials differ each day, freshly shucked oysters are available during happy hour each day for $1.50 each.

MONDAY: MONDAY FUNDAY

Wind down after the toughest day of the week with $8 pulled pork poutine (served atop chicarrones—a fun touch), the creative $8 Duck Cheesesteak made with duck breast and smoked gouda, or freshly shucked oysters for $1.50 each.

Highball & Harvest happy hour food
The Pulled Pork Poutine ($8) is a hearty serving of chicharrones topped with succulent BBQ pulled pork, kimchi aioli, cotija cheese and scallions.
Highball & Harvest’s hearty take on a Philly cheesesteak is comprised of duck breast, onions, sweet baby peppers and smoked gouda topped with benne seeds and scallions.

TUESDAY: SLIDIN’ INTO TUESDAY

Tuesdays are all about burgers and sliders! Choose from the $10 Farmer Burger (complete with a sunny side up egg), $6 Nashville Chicken Slider (hot, spicy, delicious) and a $6 Pulled Pork Slider.

Highball & Harvest Tuesday happy hour specials
We each gobbled up a pulled pork slider featuring a healthy serving of BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw.
The indulgent Farmer Burger is a tasty deal at just $10 during happy hour. A grilled short rib burger is completed with pimento cheese, bacon, fried green tomato, Alabama white BBQ, spicy pickles and a sunny side up egg.
Our favorite slider was the Nashville Chicken ($6) which packed a spicy punch thanks to the chicken thigh seasoned with hot Nashville spice. It’s finished off with Alabama white BBQ, picked watermelon rind, frisee and bread & butter pickles.

WEDNESDAY: WINGIN’ IT WEDNESDAY

Craft beer and flavorful wings are the stars of the show on Wednesdays when buffalo, Korean style and garlic style wings are just $1 each. Order 4-6 of each for a shareable and finger-licking-good feast that’ll fill you up.

We were licking our fingers after sampling the garlic, Korean (our fav!) and buffalo wings available during Wednesday’s happy hour.

THURSDAY: RAGS TO RICHES THURSDAY

My favorite of the bunch, Thursdays feature a fun twist on fancy fare. Think maple-glazed foie gras atop a cinnamon waffle or a serving of caviar paired with a giant housemade tater tot. Each offering is just $10 and well worth the slightly higher price tag. And, if you’re like me and have never tried foe gras or caviar, this is a fun and non-intimidating way to do so. Pinkies up for this one!

The caviar & tots is a fun way to try caviar for the first time. Hackleback caviar is served atop a hose-made crispy tater tot with pickled shallot, deviled egg puree, pickled mustard seeds and chive all on a bed of creme fraiche.
Move over chicken and waffles, foie gras & waffle is where it’s at! We loved this dish made with maple-glazed Hudson Valley foie gras atop a cinnamon waffle with whipped cream, apricot jam and candied pecans.

THE GRADE

Drinks: You’ll get the best bang for your buck on Tuesdays when select signature craft cocktails are half their usual price. Wednesdays are a close second with $5 local craft beers.

Food: There are at least three different food options available each day. I especially loved the caviar & tots.

Setting: Happy hour is sandwiched between Highball & Harvest’s busier lunch and dinner hours. The vibe throughout the bar and lounge is low key and the service exceptional. Sit at the bar or snuggle up at a booth.

Highball & Harvest scores an A. Taking the location and quality of food and drinks into account, I can’t believe the value this happy hour menu offers. While it’s earlier than most typical happy hours, just consider that an excuse to sneak out of work early for a rendezvous with your love. Oh and, while not included on the happy hour menu, definitely splurge on a dessert to share. The H&H baby donuts served with Lineage coffee gelato are my favorite!

DETAILS

Happy hour is served in the bar and lounge Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm. Valet parking is validated for all guests dining at Highball & Harvest.

Check out the full menu here.

Highball & Harvest
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837
407-393-4422
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/orlando/dining/highball-and-harvest

Want more happy hour info? Check out our guide to Orlando Happy Hours.

Disclosure: Highball & Harvest provided this meal at no cost to the writer. Grande Lakes is one of our valued advertising partners.

Stephanie Patterson, editor of Orlando Date Night Guide

About the Author/Photographer:
Stephanie Patterson is the editor of Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a talented professional food and travel photographer and writer with a passion for creativity, the beach and great eats. When she’s not taking photos or writing, you can find her exploring the state for her Florida travel blog, Travel Taste Click. Find her online at www.spattersoncreative.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.

All photos by Stephanie Patterson

Highball & Harvest happy hour menu


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